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Bill Gates: How I'm trying to change the world now

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Bill Gates recently spoke of his philanthropic work at TED. The video below includes the widely-covered release of mosquitoes into the conference room.
In his comments, Gates points out that market forces are not naturally drawn towards solving the problems his foundation is looking at. To solve them a number of elements needs to come together, including:

  • Governments: to provide necessary funding
  • Communications: to keep the problem visible to maintain interest to keep the funding flowing
  • Mathematicians: to develop simulations of the various scenarios to better understand the problem and how solutions impact
  • Social scientists: to help explain solutions to those affected so they can understand and then adopt and use correctly and thus realize the benefits
  • Drug companies: to apply their expertise in the development of drug-based solutions
 A diverse group of participants.

Globalization 3.0

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Thomas Friedman presents a lecture at MIT on The World is Flat 3.0:

Friedman, Thomas "The World is Flat 3.0." Academic Earth. 4 Feb 2009. Web. 21 Feb 2009.
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His thesis is that the world economy has progressed through three stages of globalization. The first was marked by integration at a country level; the second at a corporate level and the third is at the level of the individual. As a result, economic competition has progressed into each of these three levels and now is at the level of the individual. Power at each stage was derived through integration: the British Empire; Global Corporations and now the individual's ability to collaborate with others.

Friedman offers that the key to success of the individual in this 3.0 world is networking; building cross-world relationships at an individual level. Does this suggest deeper roots to the Social Networking phenomenon currently sweeping the web?

Diigo

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For those that read a lot on the web and want to keep track of what they uncover, Diigo just delivered release 3.0. The tool offers a number of social booking marking features, but its core functionality is being able to highlight words, phrases, sections of text as well as graphics on a web page. The annotated pages are bookmarked, and optionally tagged so they may be retrieved at a later date. The highlighting facilitates finding the important sections on the page at a later date. It's a great tool for researching a specific topic.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the Version 3 Beta which was just released yesterday. You can see me among the "Active users" of the site.

My recent readings section is generated from my Diigo Bookmarks tagged with "Post"

Readings on Social Networks, Media

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Technology Review: Mapping Professional Networks

 

Now IBM is exploring how different visualizations of the social graph could be useful within businesses, as a way of helping people work more efficiently and make better connections.

 

Aimed at helping workers organize around common goals, the research focused on adapting popular social tools such as bookmarking and blogging for business purposes, and integrating them with each other. The larger Connections suite allows workers to create profiles, blog, form communities around common interests, share bookmarks, and plan and track projects as a group. Each component of Connections is integrated with the others, so a user can move seamlessly between tools.

See also a recent posting on this subject on the Atlas announcement.

 

You Don't Understand Our Audience, What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC. Annotated

One might have thought that the television industry, with its history of rapid adaptation to technological change, would have become a center of innovation for the next radical transformation in communication. It did not. Nor did the ability to transmit pictures, voices, and stories from around the world to living rooms in the U.S. heartland produce a nation that is more sophisticated about global affairs. Instead, the United States is arguably more isolated and less educated about the world than it was a half-century ago. In a time of such broad technological change, how can this possibly be the case?
Networks are built on the assumption that audience size is what matters most. Content is secondary; it exists to attract passive viewers who will sit still for advertisements.
Murrow would be outraged not so much by the networks' greed (Murrow was one of the first news personalities to hire a talent agent) as by the missed opportunity to use technology to help create a nation of engaged citizens bent on preserving their freedom and their connections to the broader world.
The author had hoped that putting the right technology in the hands of the networks would result in better news. These hopes he seems to have abandoned.

 

Technology is being put into the hands of the consumer allowing them to make the choices; to be the gatherers and editors of the news they consume. Works well if you have an audience that is willing to put in the effort. For those that prefer be couch approach there's always the Daily Show.